When the weather gets chilly, the chilly get toasty. From fireplaces to backyard fire pits, there are many ways to stay warm during the cold fall and winter months. However, it’s important to ensure that you’re practicing fire safety to prevent a blaze from spreading through your home. If you have a fireplace, make sure to maintain your chimney, stock up on quality wood to burn (if you have a wood-burning stove), and keep the area surrounding free of debris and ash. Keeping your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors up to date is important, too!
If you’re cozying up to an outdoor firepit, avoid placing it in an enclosed area, on an uneven surface, or near hanging branches. Make sure to keep a fire extinguisher handy, too. Even a tiny spark can turn into a blaze, so make sure to fully extinguish your fire before you turn in for the night.
Fires and Vinyl Siding
Whether a house fire starts inside or outside your home, the materials your house is made of can make a big difference when it comes to how fast the fire spreads. Fire needs fuel: when your home has vinyl siding, you’re providing exactly that. Commonly used synthetic materials can cause flames to spread faster and travel quickly to the attic, allowing the fire to spread to the rest of the house. House materials used to burn slower, allowing around 17 minutes for people to escape; with vinyl siding, that time is reduced to 3 minutes. Additionally, since vinyl is a plastic, as it burns it releases harmful chemicals into the air. As if smoke inhalation weren’t bad enough, a vinyl fire’s smoke is toxic.
Steel Siding as a Safe, Fireproof Alternative
What’s the solution? Your best bet is to switch to a safer alternative. Metal sheeting, like our Seamless Steel Home Siding, is durable, low maintenance, and non-combustible. That means it is resistant to blazes and won’t ignite the way vinyl does. Metal is one of the best materials you can use on your home to prevent fire damage. What’s more, steel siding holds up against other environmental hazards such as rain, hail, wind, and sleet.
Ready to make the switch? We’re proud to provide unbeatable protection for your home with our Seamless Steel Home Siding. Your house is one of your biggest investments—let us help you protect it. Contact us online or give us a call at 800-732-6577 today!